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A GOD THAT CAN DANCE

Chapter 22: Of the priests

 

 

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BELOVED OSHO,

OF THE PRIESTS

AND ONE DAY ZARATHUSTRA MADE A SIGN TO HIS DISCIPLES AND SPOKE THESE WORDS

TO THEM:

HERE ARE PRIESTS: AND ALTHOUGH THEY ARE MY ENEMIES, PASS THEM BY QUIETLY

AND WITH SLEEPING SWORDS!...

THEY ARE BAD ENEMIES: NOTHING IS MORE REVENGEFUL THAN THEIR HUMILITY. AND

HE WHO TOUCHES

THEM IS EASILY DEFILED....

HE WHOM THEY CALL REDEEMER HAS CAST THEM INTO BONDAGE –

INTO THE BONDAGE OF FALSE VALUES AND FALSE SCRIPTURES! AH, THAT SOMEONE

WOULD REDEEM THEM FROM THEIR REDEEMER!... OH, JUST LOOK AT THESE HUTS

THAT THESE PRIESTS HAVE BUILT THEMSELVES. CHURCHES THEY CALL THEIR SWEETSMELLING

CAVES!

OH THIS COUNTERFEIT LIGHT! OH THIS MUSTY AIR! HERE, WHERE THE SOUL MAY NOT

FLY UP TO ITS HEIGHT!

ON THE CONTRARY, THEIR FAITH COMMANDS: ‘UP THE STEPS ON YOUR KNEES, YOU

SINNERS!’...

WHO CREATED SUCH CAVES AND PENITENTIAL STEPS?WAS IT NOT THOSE WHOWANTED

TO HIDE THEMSELVES AND WERE ASHAMED BEFORE THE CLEAR SKY?

AND ONLY WHEN THE CLEAR SKY AGAIN LOOKS THROUGH BROKEN ROOFS AND DOWN

UPON GRASS AND RED POPPIES ON BROKEN WALLS – ONLY THEN WILL I TURN MY HEART

AGAIN TOWARDS THE PLACES OF THIS GOD.

THEY CALLED GOD THAT WHICH CONTRADICTED AND HARMED THEM: AND TRULY, THERE

WAS MUCH THAT WAS HEROIC IN THEIR WORSHIP!

AND THEY KNEW NO OTHER WAY OF LOVING THEIR GOD THAN BY NAILING MEN TO THE

CROSS!...

THEY WOULD HAVE TO SING BETTER SONGS TO MAKE ME BELIEVE IN THEIR REDEEMER:

HIS DISCIPLES WOULD HAVE TO LOOK MORE REDEEMED!

I SHOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM NAKED: FOR BEAUTY ALONE SHOULD PREACH PENITENCE....

THE SPIRIT OF THEIR REDEEMERS CONSISTED OF HOLES; BUT INTO EVERY HOLE THEY

HAD PUT THEIR ILLUSION, THEIR STOP-GAP, WHICH THEY CALLED GOD....

ZEALOUSLY AND WITH CLAMOR THEY DROVE THEIR HERDS OVER THEIR BRIDGE: AS IF

THERE WERE ONLY ONE BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE! TRULY, THESE SHEPHERDS, TOO, STILL

BELONGED AMONG THE SHEEP!...

THEY WROTE LETTERS OF BLOOD ON THE PATH THEY FOLLOWED, AND THEIR FOLLY

TAUGHT THAT TRUTH IS PROVED BY BLOOD.

BUT BLOOD IS THE WORST WITNESS OF TRUTH; BLOOD POISONS AND TRANSFORMS THE

PUREST TEACHING TO DELUSION AND HATRED OF THE HEART....

AND YOU, MY BROTHERS, MUST BE REDEEMED BY GREATER MEN THAN ANY REDEEMER

HAS BEEN, IF YOU WOULD FIND THE WAY TO FREEDOM!

... THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA.

AN ANCIENT STORY: A young devil comes running to his boss. He is trembling, and he says to

the old devil, ”Something has to be done immediately, because on the earth one man has found the

truth! And once people know the truth, what will happen to our profession?”

The old man laughed, and he said, ”Sit down and rest and don’t be worried. Everything is taken

care of. Our people have reached there.”

”But,” he said, ”I am coming from there. I have not seen a single devil there.”

The old man said, ”The priests are my people. They have already surrounded the man who has

found the truth. Now they will become the mediators between the man of truth and the masses.

They will raise temples, they will write scriptures, they will interpret and distort everything. They will

ask people to worship, to pray. And in all this hubbub, the truth will be lost. This is my old method,

which has always succeeded.”

The priests who represent religion are not its friends. They are the greatest enemies of it, because

religion needs no mediators: between you and existence there is an immediate relatedness. All that

you have to learn is how to understand the language of existence. You know the languages of man,

but they are not the languages of existence.

Existence knows only one language:

And that is of silence.

If you can also be silent you will be able to understand the truth, the meaning of life, the significance

of all that exists. And there is no one who can interpret it for you. Everyone has to find it for himself.

Nobody can do the job on your behalf – but that’s what the priests have been doing for centuries.

They are standing like a China Wall between you and existence.

Just a few days ago, the Vatican pope informed all the Catholics, ”It is being told again and again to

me that many Catholics are confessing to God directly. They are not going to the confession booth,

to the priest. I declare it a sin to confess directly to God. You have to confess to the priest; you

cannot relate to God directly.”

He has not given any reason, because there is no reason at all, except that the priest has to be kept

in his profession – and he himself is a high priest.

If people start approaching reality without anybody leading them, without anybody telling them what

is good and what is evil, without anybody giving them a map that they have to follow, millions of

people will be able to understand existence – because our heartbeat is also the heartbeat of the

universe, our life is part of the life of the total.

We are not strangers, we are not coming from somewhere else; we are growing within existence.

We are part of it, an essential part of it. We just have to be silent enough, so that we can hear that

which cannot be said in words: the music of existence, the immense joy of existence, the constant

celebration of existence. Once it starts penetrating our heart, transformation comes.

That is the only way somebody becomes religious – not by going to the churches which are made

by man, not by reading the scriptures which are made by man. But the priests have been pretending

that their holy scriptures are written by God. The very idea is simply idiotic. Just look into those

scriptures: You will not find any signature of God in them. You will find things which there is no

reason for God to write.

Hindus believe in the VEDAS and believe that they are written by God himself, and they are the

most ancient books in existence; but no Hindu bothers to look into them. If God wrote them, there is

going to be something immensely valuable... but ninety-eight percent of the VEDAS are just rubbish

– such rubbish that it proves that they are not written by God.

For example a prayer by a priest... why should God write it? And the prayer is that his cows are not

giving enough milk, ”Have mercy on me, increase the milk of my cows.” Not only that, ”Decrease the

milk of everybody else’s!” – God is going to write this? ”Kill my enemies and help my friends” and

even such stupid things as ”Rains are coming; take care that all the water reaches my fields and

avoids the neighboring field, because it belongs to my enemy. Just shower your water on my field.”

Why should God write these things? Every scripture gives intrinsic evidence that they are written by

men, and very stupid men, primitive men. The so-called holy scriptures are not even to be counted

as good literature – they are childish, crude, ugly. But because they are written in languages which

are dead... and some are in languages which have never been in use by common people, for

example, the VEDAS. That language has never been used by the common people. It was the

language of the learned brahmins, the language of the priests.

And they were very reluctant that it should be translated, because they knew: once it is translated,

it will lose all sanctity. People will see that this nonsense is not even unholy – what to say about its

being holy!

So much obscenity, so much pornography is in the holy scriptures of all your religions. But they are

written in Sanskrit, which is not used by common people; in Arabic, which is not used by common

people; in Hebrew, which is not used by common people; in Pali, in Prakrit. Those languages are

dead. And all the religions are reluctant that their holy scriptures should be brought in to the modern

languages which people understand – although, in spite of their reluctance, their holy scriptures

have been translated.

First they were against their being printed; second they were against their being translated. The only

reason was, they knew that once they were printed they would be sold all over the world, anybody

could purchase them. And if they are translated into living languages, then how long can you hide

the truth?, and how are you going to prove that they are written by God?

The scriptures are man-made, the statues of God are man-made, the temples and churches are

man-made, but thousands of years of conditioning has given them a certain sacredness, holiness.

And there is nothing sacred in them, nothing holy in them.

The priests have been deceiving man more than anybody else. This is the worst profession in the

world, even worse than the profession of the prostitutes. At least the prostitute gives you something

in return; the priest gives you simply hot air – he has nothing to give to you.

And this is not all: Whenever somebody has realized the truth, these priests are against him.

Obviously they have to be, because if his truth is recognized by people, millions of priests in the world

will be out of employment. And their employment is absolutely unproductive. They are parasites,

they go on sucking the blood of man. From the moment the child is born, until he enters his grave,

the priest goes on finding ways to exploit him.

Unless religion is freed from the hands of the priests, the world will remain only with pseudo-religion;

it will never become religious. And a religious world can not be so miserable: the religious world

should be a constant celebration.

A religious man is nothing but pure ecstasy. His heart is full of songs.

His whole being is ready to dance any moment.

But the priest has taken away the search for truth: He says there is no need for searching, it has

already been found, you just have to have faith.

The priest has made people miserable, because he condemns all the pleasures of the world. He

condemns the pleasures of the world so that he can praise the pleasures of the other world.

The other world is his fiction. And he wants humanity to sacrifice its reality for a fictitious idea – and

people have sacrificed.

Zarathustra is not alone in condemning the priests. Gautam Buddha is with him, Mahavira is with

him, Lao Tzu is with him. Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, and Lao Tzu condemn the priests, but very

mildly. Zarathustra calls a spade a spade. He is absolutely realistic. He does not care about

etiquette, manners, culture. He says whatsoever he experiences as the truth.

AND ONE DAY ZARATHUSTRA MADE A SIGN TO HIS DISCIPLES AND SPOKE THESE WORDS

TO THEM:

HERE ARE PRIESTS: AND ALTHOUGH THEY ARE MY ENEMIES, PASS THEM BY QUIETLY

AND WITH SLEEPING SWORDS! Zarathustra is very simple, innocent; speaks like a child. Gautam

Buddha will not call them ”my enemies,” he will go round about.

Zarathustra hates directly.

The priests are not only enemies of Zarathustra, they are enemies of everyone who loves truth, who

is in search of truth or who has found the truth. The closer you are to the truth, the more the priest

is your enemy. You are disturbing his customers, you are disturbing his business. Religion to him is

business.

The Christian churches in America were against me for the simple reason that so many young men

and women have come out of their fold. My people don’t belong to any religion. They are religious,

and for being religious you don’t have to belong to any religion.

Religiousness is a quality, a fragrance of your consciousness. It has nothing to do with belonging to

an organization, following fixed and dead principles, decided by people who have been long, long

dead. To look at it differently, in the name of religion the dead are dominating the living: they are

dictating to you how you should live. They don’t know anything about the vast changes that have

happened since they died.

We are living in a totally different world, in a totally different time and we need every day a

spontaneous awareness to respond to reality. And we go on failing because our response is not

spontaneous: the reality is new and our response is thousands of years old. Our failure is absolutely

certain and that constant failure brings misery in life.

HERE ARE PRIESTS, says Zarathustra to his disciples, AND ALTHOUGH THEY ARE MY

ENEMIES, PASS THEM BY QUIETLY, don’t quarrel with them. They are very efficient in quarreling.

They have refined their arguments. They don’t have anything else to do, they only argue. It is better,

to PASS THEM BY QUIETLY AND WITH SLEEPING SWORDS.

Don’t fight with them. Because you are new, you have not yet experienced the truth – that is the

problem. They can disturb you, they can lead you astray. You don’t know the truth, nor do they know

the truth, but they know the arguments, sophistry. They can convince your minds for anything they

want. All priests belong to the category of the sophists.

One of my vice-chancellors was a world-renowned law-expert. He had three offices: one in London,

one in New Delhi, one in Peking, and he was running continually from Peking to Delhi, from Delhi

to London. He had the biggest cases on his hands – of maharajas, kings, queens – but he was a

drunkard. He earned enough money; and when he retired, he donated the whole of the money so

that a university could be founded. So he was the founder vice-chancellor of the university that he

created.

I used to go for a morning walk, and he was the only one whom I used to meet on my morning walks.

By and by we became very friendly and very close. One day I was talking about sophistry, and he

remembered one of his cases that he had fought in the Privy Council, in London. The case was

between the Maharaja of Jaipur and the Maharaja of Udaipur. It was a big case but the night before

he drank too much, and in the morning there was still the hang-over.

He went to the court. In his drunkenness he forgot completely that he was fighting for the Maharaja

of Jaipur. Everybody was astonished because e started criticizing the Maharaja of Jaipur. He gave

great arguments, brought all the precedents, all the legal support. Even the judges were looking at

each other: What had happened to this man? – he was supposed to fight for the Maharaja of Jaipur.

The man who was going to fight for the Maharaja of Udaipur could not believe what is happening:

Now what is he going to do?

He was so convincing, that at lunch-time, when the court dissolved, his secretary said, ”What are

you doing? Are you fighting for the Maharaja of Jaipur or for the Maharaja of Udaipur?”

He said, ”I drank too much last night. I do not know for whom I am fighting, for what I am fighting,

but I had to say something. Do you think I was on the wrong side?”

The secretary said, ”Absolutely wrong – and you have convinced the judges. Even the advocate

who is going to argue against you, feels completely lost, because you have done his job already.”

He said, ”Do not be worried. So I am for the Maharaja of Jaipur. Just you remain standing by my

side and go on pulling my coat, so I don’t forget again. I am still not absolutely out of the influence

of the alcohol: I look at the judge and I see two judges and I know – that is my criterion.”

In the second half, after lunch, he said to the judge, ”Before lunch I spoke in favour of the Maharaja

of Udaipur and against the Maharaja of Jaipur. That was only half my argument. I was preparing the

ground. These are the arguments that can be given by the opposing advocate. Now I will begin to

destroy all those arguments, because I am here to protect the Maharaja of Jaipur and his interests.”

This was a new revelation to everybody and even the judge could not believe that he would be able

to contradict what he had established so clearly. But he contradicted it. Now he argued against

himself and he won the case.

So he was telling me that sophistry is a prostitute. Arguments don’t prove anything: A little better

argumentation and they can be demolished. If you don’t have the experience, it is dangerous to get

into a quarrel, into argumentation, into sophistry, because your mind, having no experience, can be

convinced by arguments for something which is not true.

The advice of Zarathustra is: first have the experience – then there is no need to be afraid of any

argument, because no argument can destroy your experience. Your experience has a quality of

being self evident.

THEY ARE BAD ENEMIES: NOTHING IS MORE REVENGEFUL THAN THEIR HUMILITY. They

pretend to be very humble, but they are very revengeful. You can see around the world that the

priests have done only one thing: they have created wars, religious wars they call crusades. They

have killed many more people than anybody else, in the name of religion, in the name of love, in the

name of truth. Their humbleness is hypocrisy. Their revengefulness is well known.

For thousands of years they have been destroying the unity of human beings. The whole humanity

is one, but the priests will not allow it to happen; because if the whole humanity becomes one, drops

these adjectives of being a Christian, or a Jew, or a Hindu or a Mohammedan, the priests will be at

a loss. They have a very well paid profession and they are doing nothing, except creating trouble,

riots amongst different religions.

THEY ARE BAD ENEMIES: NOTHING IS MORE REVENGEFUL THAN THEIR HUMILITY. AND

HE WHO TOUCHES THEM IS EASILY DEFILED. Do not even touch them! Even coming in contact

with them you will be defiled. They are the most ugly and disgusting profession on the earth.

Obviously, the people who sell God in the marketplace.... One day I was passing by the side of a

church; a beautiful young woman waved to stop me, so I stopped the car. She handed over to me a

few pamphlets. The first pamphlet on top had a beautiful house by the side of a mountain river with

a waterfall, with huge trees and it said: ”Do you want this house?”

I could not believe that this house was available in that city. There were no mountains, there were

no waterfalls, but perhaps I didn’t know. So I looked inside: it was not on the earth, it was in heaven.

”Believe in Jesus Christ and you will have such beautiful houses, just by the side of God....” These

people are even selling properties in paradise, and so cheap – just believe in God, just believe in

Jesus Christ, that’s enough.

HE WHOM THEY CALL REDEEMER HAS CAST THEM INTO BONDAGE. All the redeemers have

created different kinds of bondages. In fact nobody can redeem anybody else. One can redeem

oneself, but to pretend that ”I am the redeemer: just believe in me and I will save you; I am the

savior, the only true savior,” has created imprisonments.

These imprisonments are spiritual and psychological, that’s why you don’t see them. Otherwise

what do you mean, when you say, ”I am a Christian,” or ”I am a Hindu,” or ”I am a Buddhist?” It

means, that ”I believe Gautam Buddha is going to be my redeemer”; that ”I am waiting simply for

Jesus Christ to come and redeem me.

”You have dropped every effort to transform yourself – and that is the only way there is for any kind

of transformation. All these redeemers have created only prisons for people. And the priests go on

representing those dead redeemers.

Zarathustra is saying, HE WHOM THEY CALL REDEEMER HAS CAST THEM INTO BONDAGE.

These priests are also in bondage, but at least their bondage pays. The others who are in bondage

are simply wasting their time in waiting. All waiting is waiting for Godot, who never comes.

Five thousand years ago Krishna had promised the Hindus, ”Whenever there will be misery,

whenever there will be pain, whenever there will be anguish, whenever people will become

unvirtuous – I will come to redeem you.”

Now what more does he want?... The prisons are full of criminals; and those who are not in the

prisons – it does not mean that they are not criminals, it simply means they have not been caught.

People are living in utter misery, starvation, hunger, all kinds of sexual perversion.... For what is he

waiting? He should come! He will not get a better chance to redeem people.

Jesus promised, ”I will be coming.” They all have promised. Their promises have become chains

on your souls. Because of their promises you have not made any effort to change your own being,

which is far easier than to wait.

INTO THE BONDAGE OF FALSE VALUES AND FALSE SCRIPTURES! I am really surprised, that

almost the whole earth believes in different kinds of false scriptures. Their falsity is so clearly evident

that it need not be proved.

For example, they all say, ”God created the world”, and of course there was no witness. On what

grounds are they so certain that God created the world? God has not left any inscription anywhere

”I created the world...” the day, the month, the year. There is not a single witness. They all go on

preaching about God, but not a single person has seen him. They go on talking about heaven and

hell – not only talking, they have maps of heaven and hell. And they don’t have maps of the earth

on which they live.

I was visiting Agra. Agra has the most beautiful piece of architecture, the Taj Mahal. In Agra and

the surrounding area there is a Hindu sect, Radhaswami. When their founder died, they decided to

make something better than the Taj Mahal, because it was going to be in the same city, Agra. They

have poured in enough money and for almost a hundred years thousands of stone-cutters have been

working on it, and only the ground floor is ready. It does not seem that they will be able to make their

whole dream come true, but even the ground floor shows that if they succeed, they will make the

Taj Mahal number two. Their place will be number one – such great art, such a tremendous work of

carving in marble.

The high priest took me inside their temple, and he showed me a map. They believe that there are

fifteen heavens and fifteen hells. It seems mathematical. Somebody is just stealing a small thing,

steals a button from your coat, now to throw him in with Adolf Hitler does not seem to be right.

There must be some categorization. So it seems logical: fifteen hells for different kinds of sinners;

the greatest sinners go to the fifteenth. The same is true about heavens. Somebody has done

something good, he cannot be placed with Gautam Buddha or Jesus Christ, so according to their

merit....

So I looked. Seeing my interest in their map the high priest asked me, ”What do you think about it?”

I said, ”It is perfectly right.” Although it is absolutely ugly, ugly in the sense that Mohammed is

somewhere in the fourth heaven, Moses in the fifth, Jesus in the sixth; Gautam Buddha, Mahavira

in the seventh; Kabir, Nanak in the eighth.... That was the way they had divided it, with the names

written, and their own guru, the founder of the Radhaswami sect, in the fifteenth. He was alone

there. He had reached the highest consciousness. Gautam Buddha was still in the seventh, Jesus

in the sixth.

He said, ”What do you think about the categorization of these people?”

I said, ”That’s perfect; your guru is in the fifteenth.”

He looked at me. He said, ”How are you certain?”

I said, ”I am certain, because I am in the sixteenth; and your guru is trying hard to enter into the

sixteenth, but I won’t let him. I go on throwing him back into the fifteenth.” He said, ”Sixteenth? But

we have never heard about the sixteenth.”

I said, ”Your hearing or not hearing makes no difference.”

He said, ”But you are insulting our guru.” I said, ”I am not insulting him. Each according to his virtue;

he reached only up to the fifteenth – and naturally I don’t want anybody else to share the sixteenth

apartment. And there is nothing else above, so I cannot go higher. This is the highest peak and

your guru has to remain in the fifteenth.”

He said, ”I don’t believe you; you must be joking.”

I said, ”You are not joking? – putting Gautam Buddha in the seventh and your guru, who is not even

the dust of Gautam Buddha’s feet, is in the fifteenth?”

He was very angry, but I said, ”Anger will not help. All these falsities... you don’t have any evidence

for it. If you can produce any evidence, I will produce the evidence that I am in the sixteenth. Ask

your guru, he knows me perfectly well.”

But all religious scriptures, theologies, are so full of lies. They have to be full of lies, because truth is

very simple. It does not need a scripture, it needs a meditative awareness, it needs a silence within

you – that is the only temple, all other temples are false.

INTO THE BONDAGE OF FALSE VALUES AND FALSE SCRIPTURES! AH, THAT SOMEONE

WOULD REDEEM THEM FROM THEIR REDEEMER! Zarathustra is saying, someone should

redeem them from their redeemers. But say anything against any falsity and immediately you create

enemies. I have not done any harm to anybody and I have created millions of enemies around the

world – just because I pointed out the false statements in their scriptures, and they are not capable

of defending them. Their failure to defend them becomes anger, rage, enmity.

OH, JUST LOOK AT THESE HUTS THAT THESE PRIESTS HAVE BUILT THEMSELVES.

CHURCHES THEY CALL THEIR SWEET-SMELLING CAVES!

OH THIS COUNTERFEIT LIGHT! OH THIS MUSTY AIR! HERE, WHERE THE SOUL MAY NOT

FLY UP TO ITS HEIGHT!

ON THE CONTRARY, THEIR FAITH COMMANDS: ’UP THE STEPS ON YOUR KNEES, YOU

SINNERS!’

Every religion destroys man’s dignity; calls him a sinner. Rather than endowing man with dignity,

making him more beautiful and more truthful, making him a god on the earth, they have turned the

whole of humanity into a crowd of sinners. All that you have to do is: ”UP THE STEPS ON YOUR

KNEES, YOU SINNERS!”

This they call worship, this they call prayer.

This is nothing but suicide, this is destroying yourself, your esteem in your own eyes, your selfrespect,

your dignity.

You are the highest evolution in existence. Existence has hoped and dreamt for you to bring even

higher stages of consciousness. Existence dreams within you to become superman – but these

priests have created supersinners.

WHO CREATED SUCH CAVES AND PENITENTIAL STEPS?WAS IT NOT THOSE WHOWANTED

TO HIDE THEMSELVES AND WERE ASHAMED BEFORE THE CLEAR SKY?

What is the need of all these churches, and temples, and synagogues?

Is not this whole world, the whole universe a beautiful temple? The sky full of stars in the night, the

day full of the light of the sun, the birds singing, the flowers blossoming – what more beauty can you

create? This spaciousness is your freedom. Being bound with false ideologies inside a church, you

are nothing but a prisoner.

AND ONLY WHEN THE CLEAR SKY AGAIN LOOKS THROUGH BROKEN ROOFS AND DOWN

UPON GRASS AND RED POPPIES ON BROKEN WALLS – ONLY THEN WILL I TURN MY HEART

AGAIN TOWARDS THE PLACES OF THIS GOD.

Zarathustra says, this whole universe is the temple of God. All that is living is nothing but divine.

Everything is sacred, nothing is profane. The duality is created by the priests, and the duality

between the profane and the sacred has created a duality within you – between the body and the

soul. It has created a schizophrenic humanity – everybody is split.

Unless you become one, a deep harmony and accord, you will never hear the celestial music, which

is the only proof that the world is not bad, that the world is alive: not only alive, but conscious; not

only conscious, but constantly creative.

Christians say God created this world in six days; and the seventh day, on Sunday, he rested – and

he is still resting, his Monday has not come yet. This world, this vast universe which has no limits is

a continuous process of creativity; it is still being created. Who says the creation was complete in

six days? And why should it be complete in six days? Nothing seems to be complete, everything is

growing. Man’s intelligence is growing, his consciousness is growing.

In those six days God did not create Zarathustra, God did not create Gautam Buddha, God did not

create Jesus Christ. These are higher evolutionary steps. Zarathustra says you are only a bridge

for the superman to arrive. You are not a being, but only a becoming. It seems to be so rational,

so authentically true that man is a becoming. Anything that has become perfect becomes dead,

because there is no possibility of any growth. It has exhausted itself; it has spent itself completely.

Life has to remain becoming, not being. It has to go on progressing, touching skies after skies,

peaks beyond peaks.

THEY CALLED GOD THAT WHICH CONTRADICTED AND HARMED THEM: AND TRULY, THERE

WAS MUCH THAT WAS HEROIC IN THEIR WORSHIP!

Zarathustra has a very subtle sense of humor, which to me is part of a really religious man. A really

religious man is not serious, he is playful; and he has a tremendous quality of humor. He is saying,

THEY CALLED GOD THAT WHICH CONTRADICTED AND HARMED THEM. If God was the creator

of the world, then why is there so much misery? Then why are people dying of starvation? Has God

forgotten about the universe He has created?

If God created the universe, then He is responsible for it; for all the sinners, for all the criminals,

because He created the seeds of crime and the seeds of sin; otherwise, from where did they come?

– He is the only creator.

If a man murders somebody, who creates the desire for murder? If a man rapes somebody, who

creates the desire for rape? If God is the only creator, then Zarathustra is right: THEY CALLED GOD

THAT WHICH CONTRADICTED AND HARMED THEM.... and goes on contradicting and harming

them. Then who is responsible for nuclear weapons? Who was responsible for Adolf Hitler and the

second world war? Who was responsible for fifty million people’s deaths in the second world war?

And who will be responsible if the Third World War happens and all life is destroyed on this beautiful

planet?

God has to take the responsibility. If he is the creator, then he has to be the destroyer too, that

implication is clear.

TRULY, THERE WAS MUCH THAT WAS HEROIC IN THEIR WORSHIP. And still the idiots are

worshiping God – they are really heroic! THERE WAS MUCH THAT WAS HEROIC IN THEIR

WORSHIP, to worship such a God who prevents his own creation, Adam and Eve, from becoming

wise, from becoming eternally alive. Still the priests go on worshiping him and people go on blindly

following the priest. He is simply laughing at their stupidity.

AND THEY KNEW NO OTHER WAY OF LOVING THEIR GOD THAN BY NAILING MEN TO THE

CROSS! In the name of God more men have been killed than in any other name. Strange God,

strange creator; strange are his representatives whose whole work is to kill man, to destroy man.

Strange are these so-called religious priests whose whole teaching is to renounce the world – and

God created the world. Can’t you see the contradiction? If God creates the world, then to renounce

the world means renouncing God.

George Gurdjieff used to say that all religions are against God. He was also joking; he was saying

they are against God because they all teach, ”Renounce the world.” Poor God has created the world

in six days and got so tired that still his Monday has not come. He has not been seen around again.

Perhaps he spent himself totally and was finished; Sunday he went to sleep and never woke up

again. And these people go on teaching ”Renounce the world.” Renouncing the world is renouncing

God, because it is his creation.

THEY WOULD HAVE TO SING BETTER SONGS TO MAKE ME BELIEVE IN THEIR REDEEMER:

HIS DISCIPLES WOULD HAVE TO LOOK MORE REDEEMED! They don’t look redeemed. You

just look at the disciples of the so-called religions. Go and see the Jaina monks! Their eyes will not

show intelligence, their faces will not shine with light and glory. They are torturing themselves, that

is their discipline. And if you torture yourself, you cannot be a beautiful flower.

All the religions... looking at the pope, do you feel that he has anything of the divine, any aura of

the divine? The pope who preceeded him was a homosexual. Is homosexuality divine? Perhaps,

because the Christian trinity also seems to be a gay group: God the father, God the son, and a

strange fellow, the Holy Ghost – not a single woman.

The popes down the ages have burnt thousands of women alive, condemning them as witches.

What was the criterion for them to decide who was a witch? Now there are no witches at all;

suddenly they appeared, and suddenly they disappeared. There was no criterion, any man could

inform the pope.

The pope had appointed a special court. Just the suspicion that a certain woman seems to be a

witch... any man was eligible to suspect her.

No reason was asked, the woman was immediately caught and tortured so much for days on end,

kept hungry, thirsty... beating her. They had invented machines for torture, and finally, because that

seemed to be the only way to get rid of the torture, she had to confess that she was a witch. Her

confession was the only criterion; and a confession you can get from anybody, if you torture enough

and there is no way out. They dictated to her what she had to tell the court: that she was a witch

and she had a sexual relationship with the devil.

The devil does not exist, but the woman had to say it in the court; otherwise the torture would start

again. Once she accepted in the court that she was a witch and she had a sexual relationship with

the devil, then the court was satisfied. There was no need of any other evidence. The judgement

was simple: the woman had to be burnt alive in the middle of the town, so everybody could see

what happened if you had a sexual relationship with the devil. Thousands of women were simply

burnt, and these popes were responsible for it. These popes don’t show any joy, any blissfulness,

any creativity, any silence. Yes, they go on doing stupid things: kissing the earth. When this Polack

pope came here, on Delhi airport he kissed the earth. I said, ”This is his first taste of the Hindu

religion, because here the whole earth is full of cowdung, holy cowdung.” But by kissing the earth

you simply show your stupidity and nothing else.

Zarathustra is saying, THEY WOULD HAVE TO SING BETTER SONGS TO MAKE ME BELIEVE

IN THEIR REDEEMER.... They have to show that they are redeemed, that they are awakened, that

they are liberated. ... HIS DISCIPLES WOULD HAVE TO LOOK MORE REDEEMED! But that is

not the case: they look more and more enslaved.

I SHOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM NAKED: FOR BEAUTY ALONE SHOULD PREACH PENITENCE.

Why should they hide themselves? They should come out naked, in the open; they have nothing to

hide. But do you think this Polack, if he comes naked, will look beautiful? He will look like a cartoon,

of course not made by a great artist, just some amateur cartoonist.

THE SPIRIT OF THEIR REDEEMERS CONSISTED OF HOLES; BUT INTO EVERY HOLE THEY

HAD PUT THEIR ILLUSION, THEIR STOP-GAP, WHICH THEY CALLED GOD.

If one looks with a magnifying glass at the life of Jesus, or the life of Gautam Buddha, or the life of

Mahavira, or any other religious founder, one will find many holes in him, because nobody is perfect.

They have filled those holes with illusion, their stop-gap, which they called God.

I have heard that in paradise Moses and Jesus, both had gone fishing. Jesus asked Moses, ”Is it

really true that you parted the ocean and made a way for your people?”

Moses said, ”As far as I remember, it is true.”

Jesus said, ”Can you do it again?”

Moses said, ”I am not certain, but I will try.”

He tried and he parted the lake into two parts. Old Jesus was amazed and he said, ”Your memory

is great!”

Moses asked, ”What about you! You used to walk on water I have heard. Can you do that now?”

Jesus said, ”I can try. I used to, that much I remember.”

So he got out of the boat and started drowning.

Moses had to pull him back in. He said, ”What happened, my son?” He said, ”I forgot one thing: that

time I had no holes in my feet.”

They all have holes, and the work of their priests is to go on filling those holes with good stories,

fictions, mythologies, all kinds of lies, miracles.

ZEALOUSLY AND WITH CLAMOR THEY DROVE THEIR HERDS OVER THEIR BRIDGE: AS

IF THERE WERE ONLY ONE BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE! This is where Zarathustra cannot be

categorized with any other mystic. He is saying there are many bridges to the future. Life is multidimensional.

TRULY, THESE SHEPHERDS, TOO, STILL BELONGED AMONG THE SHEEP! They are

pretenders. They call themselves shepherds, but they belong to the same crowd as the sheep,

because they are not aware of a simple fact: that to the future there are many bridges. Man has so

many potentialities. He can become so many different kinds of superman. And we will need in the

world every superman to be unique, so that the variety, and the beauty that variety brings, remains

alive on the earth. If everybody becomes just the same, life will become a boredom.

THEY WROTE LETTERS OF BLOOD ON THE PATH THEY FOLLOWED, AND THEIR FOLLY

TAUGHT THAT TRUTH IS PROVED BY BLOOD.

BUT BLOOD IS THE WORST WITNESS OF TRUTH; BLOOD POISONS AND TRANSFORMS THE

PUREST TEACHING TO DELUSION AND HATRED OF THE HEART.

But for thousands of years blood has been the only argument. Whoever can cut your head with a

sword has proved that his religion is right. The sword cannot be an argument, but it has been the

argument for thousands of years. This shows how the priests have stopped man’s growth, hindered

in every way his flights into the open sky – they have not allowed freedom.

AND YOU, MY BROTHERS, MUST BE REDEEMED BY GREATER MEN THAN ANY REDEEMER

HAS BEEN, IF YOU WOULD FIND THE WAY TO FREEDOM!

All that you need is to find a way to total freedom, freedom from all kinds of psychological and

spiritual bondage, and you yourself will become your own redeemer. You will be a far superior man

than all your redeemers have been.

... THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA.

Okay, Maneesha?

Yes, Osho.

 

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  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 1: Prologue Part 1
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 1: Prologue Part 1, WHEN ZARATHUSTRA WAS THIRTY YEARS OLD, HE LEFT HIS HOME AND THE LAKE OF HIS HOME AND WENT INTO THE MOUNTAINS. HERE HE HAD THE ENJOYMENT OF HIS SPIRIT AND HIS SOLITUDE AND HE DID NOT WEARY OF IT FOR TEN YEARS. BUT AT LAST HIS HEART TURNED – AND ONE MORNING HE ROSE WITH THE DAWN, STEPPED BEFORE THE SUN AND SPOKE TO IT THUS: GREAT STAR! WHAT WOULD YOUR HAPPINESS BE, IF YOU HAD NOT THOSE FOR WHOM YOU SHINE! YOU HAVE COME UP HERE TO MY CAVE FOR TEN YEARS: YOU WOULD HAVE GROWN WEARY OF YOUR LIGHT AND OF THIS JOURNEY, WITHOUT ME, MY EAGLE AND MY SERPENT at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 2: Prologue Part 2
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 2: Prologue Part 2, ZARATHUSTRA WENT DOWN THE MOUNTAIN ALONE, AND NO ONE MET HIM. BUT WHEN HE ENTERED THE FOREST, AN OLD MAN, WHO HAD LEFT HIS HOLY HUT TO LOOK FOR ROOTS IN THE FOREST, SUDDENLY STOOD BEFORE HIM. AND THE OLD MAN SPOKE THUS TO ZARATHUSTRA: ‘THIS WANDERER IS NO STRANGER TO ME: HE PASSED BY HERE MANY YEARS AGO. HE WAS CALLED ZARATHUSTRA; BUT HE HAS CHANGED. ‘THEN YOU CARRIED YOUR ASHES TO THE MOUNTAINS: WILL YOU TODAY CARRY YOUR FIRE INTO THE VALLEYS? DO YOU NOT FEAR AN INCENDIARY’S PUNISHMENT? ‘YES, I RECOGNIZE ZARATHUSTRA. HIS EYES ARE CLEAR, AND NO DISGUST LURKS ABOUT HIS MOUTH. DOES HE NOT GO ALONG LIKE A DANCER? ‘HOW CHANGED ZARATHUSTRA IS! ZARATHUSTRA HAS BECOME – A CHILD, AN AWAKENED-ONE: WHAT DO YOU WANT NOW WITH THE SLEEPERS? ‘YOU LIVED IN SOLITUDE AS IN THE SEA, AND THE SEA BORE YOU. ALAS, DO YOU WANT TO GO ASHORE? ALAS, DO YOU WANT AGAIN TO DRAG YOUR BODY YOURSELF? at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 3: Prologue Part 3
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 3: Prologue Part 3, WHEN ZARATHUSTRA ARRIVED AT THE NEAREST OF THE TOWNS LYING AGAINST THE FOREST, HE FOUND IN THAT VERY PLACE MANY PEOPLE ASSEMBLED IN THE MARKET SQUARE: FOR IT HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED THAT A TIGHT-ROPE WALKER WOULD BE APPEARING. AND ZARATHUSTRA SPOKE THUS TO THE PEOPLE: I TEACH YOU THE SUPERMAN. MAN IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE OVERCOME. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO OVERCOME HIM? ALL CREATURES HITHERTO HAVE CREATED SOMETHING BEYOND THEMSELVES: AND DO YOU WANT TO BE THE EBB OF THIS GREAT TIDE, AND RETURN TO THE ANIMALS RATHER THAN OVERCOME MAN? WHAT IS THE APE TO MEN? A LAUGHING-STOCK OR A PAINFUL EMBARRASSMENT. AND JUST SO SHALL MAN BE TO THE SUPERMAN: A LAUGHING-STOCK OR A PAINFUL EMBARRASSMENT. YOU HAVE MADE YOUR WAY FROM WORM TO MAN, AND MUCH IN YOU IS STILL WORM. ONCE YOU WERE APES, AND EVEN NOW MAN IS MORE OF AN APE THAN ANY APE. BUT HE WHO IS THE WISEST AMONG YOU, HE ALSO IS ONLY A DISCORD AND HYBRID OF PLANT AND OF GHOST. BUT DO I BID YOU BECOME GHOSTS OR PLANTS? at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 4: Prologue 4
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 4: Prologue 4, WHAT IS THE GREATEST THING YOU CAN EXPERIENCE? IT IS THE HOUR OF THE GREAT CONTEMPT. THE HOUR IN WHICH EVEN YOUR HAPPINESS GROWS LOATHSOME TO YOU, AND YOUR REASON AND YOUR VIRTUE ALSO. THE HOUR WHEN YOU SAY: ‘WHAT GOOD IS MY HAPPINESS? IT IS POVERTY AND DIRT AND A MISERABLE EASE. BUT MY HAPPINESS SHOULD JUSTIFY EXISTENCE ITSELF!’ THE HOUR WHEN YOU SAY: ‘WHAT GOOD IS MY REASON? DOES IT LONG FOR KNOWLEDGE AS THE LION FOR ITS FOOD? IT IS POVERTY AND DIRT AND A MISERABLE EASE!’ THE HOUR WHEN YOU SAY: ‘WHAT GOOD IS MY VIRTUE? IT HAS NOT YET DRIVEN ME MAD! HOWTIRED I AM OF MY GOOD AND MY EVIL! IT IS ALL POVERTY AND DIRT AND MISERABLE EASE!.... THE HOUR WHEN YOU SAY, ‘WHAT GOOD IS MY PITY? IS NOT PITY THE CROSS UPON WHICH HE WHO LOVES MAN IS NAILED? BUT MY PITY IS NO CRUCIFIXION!’ HAVE YOU EVER SPOKEN THUS? HAVE YOU EVER CRIED THUS? AH, THAT I HAD HEARD YOU CRYING THUS! at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 5: Prologue Part 5
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 5: Prologue Part 5, WHEN ZARATHUSTRA HAD SPOKEN THESE WORDS HE LOOKED AGAIN AT THE PEOPLE AND FELL SILENT. THERE THEY STAND (HE SAID TO HIS HEART), THERE THEY LAUGH: THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND ME, I AM NOT THE MOUTH FOR THESE EARS. MUST ONE FIRST SHATTER THEIR EARS TO TEACH THEM TO HEAR WITH THEIR EYES? MUST ONE RUMBLE LIKE DRUMS AND LENTEN PREACHERS? OR DO THEY BELIEVE ONLY THOSE WHO STAMMER? THEY HAVE SOMETHING OF WHICH THEY ARE PROUD. WHAT IS IT CALLED THAT MAKES THEM PROUD? THEY CALL IT CULTURE, IT DISTINGUISHES THEM FROM THE GOATHERDS. THEREFORE THEY DISLIKE HEARING THE WORD ’CONTEMPT’ SPOKEN OF THEM. SO I SHALL SPEAK TO THEIR PRIDE. SO I SHALL SPEAK TO THEM OF THE MOST CONTEMPTIBLE MAN: AND THAT IS THE ULTIMATE MAN. AND THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA TO THE PEOPLE: IT IS TIME FOR MAN TO FIX HIS GOAL. IT IS TIME FOR MAN TO PLANT THE SEED OF HIS HIGHEST HOPE at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 6: Prologue Part 6
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 6: Prologue Part 6, FOLLOWING HIS SPEECH ABOUT THE ULTIMATE MAN, ZARATHUSTRA REALIZES THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD HIM, FOR THEY NOW CRY OUT TO HIM FOR THE ULTIMATE MAN, TELLING HIM HE CAN HAVE THE SUPERMAN. WHILE HE PONDERS ON THIS, THE TIGHT-ROPE WALKER BEGINS HIS ACT – WALKING ACROSS A ROPE SUSPENDED HIGH ABOVE THE PEOPLE IN THE MARKET SQUARE, BETWEEN TWO TOWERS. WHEN HE REACHES THE MID-POINT, SUDDENLY A FIGURE DRESSED AS A BUFFOON APPEARS FROM ONE OF THE TOWERS, AND PROCEEDS TO FOLLOW THE TIGHT-ROPE WALKER, SHOUTING OUT AND ABUSING HIM. HE MAKES TO JUMP OVER THE TIGHTROPE WALKER, WHO LOSES HIS BALANCE AND FALLS, LANDING QUITE CLOSE TO WHERE ZARATHUSTRA IS STANDING. ZARATHUSTRA STAYS WITH THE DYING MAN LONG AFTER EVENING HAS COME AND THE CROWD DISPERSED at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 7: Of the three metamorphoses
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 7: Of the three metamorphoses, I NAME YOU THREE METAMORPHOSES OF THE SPIRIT: HOW THE SPIRIT SHALL BECOME A CAMEL, AND THE CAMEL A LION, AND THE LION AT LAST A CHILD. THERE ARE MANY HEAVY THINGS FOR THE SPIRIT, FOR THE STRONG, WEIGHT-BEARING SPIRIT IN WHICH DWELL RESPECT AND AWE: ITS STRENGTH LONGS FOR THE HEAVY, FOR THE HEAVIEST. WHAT IS HEAVY? THUS ASKS THE WEIGHT-BEARING SPIRIT, THUS IT KNEELS DOWN LIKE THE CAMEL AND WANTS TO BE WELL LADEN. WHAT IS THE HEAVIEST THING, YOU HEROES? SO ASKS THE WEIGHT-BEARING SPIRIT, THAT I MAY TAKE IT UPON ME AND REJOICE IN MY STRENGTH. IS IT NOT THIS: TO DEBASE YOURSELF IN ORDER TO INJURE YOUR PRIDE?... OR IS IT THIS: TO DESERT OUR CAUSE WHEN IT IS CELEBRATING ITS VICTORY? TO CLIMB HIGH MOUNTAINS IN ORDER TO TEMPT THE TEMPTER?... OR IS IT THIS: TO LOVE THOSE WHO DESPISE US AND TO OFFER OUR HAND TO THE GHOST WHEN IT WANTS TO FRIGHTEN US? at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 8: Of the despisers of the body and the joys and the passions
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 8: Of the despisers of the body and the joys and the passions, YOU SAY ‘I’ AND YOU ARE PROUD OF THIS WORD. BUT GREATER THAN THIS – ALTHOUGH YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE IN IT – IS YOUR BODY AND ITS GREAT INTELLIGENCE, WHICH DOES NOT SAY ‘I’ BUT PERFORMS ‘I’. WHAT THE SENSE FEELS, WHAT THE SPIRIT PERCEIVES, IS NEVER AN END IN ITSELF. BUT SENSE AND SPIRIT WOULD LIKE TO PERSUADE YOU THAT THEY ARE THE END OF ALL THINGS: THEY ARE AS VAIN AS THAT. SENSE AND SPIRIT ARE INSTRUMENTS AND TOYS: BEHIND THEM STILL LIES THE SELF. THE SELF SEEKS WITH THE EYES OF THE SENSE, IT LISTENS TOO WITH THE EARS OF THE SPIRIT. THE SELF IS ALWAYS LISTENING AND SEEKING: IT COMPARES, SUBDUES, CONQUERS, DESTROYS. IT RULES AND IS ALSO THE EGO’S RULER. BEHIND YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS, MY BROTHER, STANDS A MIGHTY COMMANDER, AN UNKNOWN SAGE – HE IS CALLED SELF. HE LIVES IN YOUR BODY, HE IS YOUR BODY. THERE IS MORE REASON IN YOUR BODY THAN IN YOUR BEST WISDOM. AND WHO KNOWS FOR WHAT PURPOSE YOUR BODY REQUIRES PRECISELY YOUR BEST WISDOM?... at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 9: Of live and love and of war and warriors
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 9: Of live and love and of war and warriors, WHAT HAVE WE IN COMMON WITH THE ROSEBUD, WHICH TREMBLES BECAUSE A DROP OF DEW IS LYING UPON IT? IT IS TRUE: WE LOVE LIFE, NOT BECAUSE WE ARE USED TO LIVING BUT BECAUSE WE ARE USED TO LOVING. THERE IS ALWAYS A CERTAIN MADNESS IN LOVE. BUT ALSO THERE IS ALWAYS A CERTAIN METHOD IN MADNESS. AND TO ME TOO, WHO LOVE LIFE, IT SEEMS THAT BUTTERFLIES AND SOAP-BUBBLES, AND WHATEVER IS LIKE THEM AMONG MEN, KNOW MOST ABOUT HAPPINESS. TO SEE THESE LIGHT, FOOLISH, DAINTY, AFFECTING LITTLE SOULS FLUTTER ABOUT – THAT MOVES ZARATHUSTRA TO TEARS AND TO SONG. I SHOULD BELIEVE ONLY IN A GOD WHO UNDERSTOOD HOW TO DANCE. OF WAR AND WARRIORS WE DO NOT WISH TO BE SPARED BY OUR BEST ENEMIES, NOR BY THOSE WHOM WE LOVE FROM THE VERY HEART. SO LET ME TELL YOU THE TRUTH! at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 10: Of the new idol and of the flies of the marketplace
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 10: Of the new idol and of the flies of the marketplace, THERE ARE STILL PEOPLES AND HERDS SOMEWHERE, BUT NOT WITH US, MY BROTHERS: HERE THERE ARE STATES.... THE STATE IS THE COLDEST OF ALL COLD MONSTERS. COLDLY IT LIES, TOO; AND THIS LIE CREEPS FROM ITS MOUTH: ’I, THE STATE, AM THE PEOPLE.’ IT IS A LIE! IT WAS CREATORS WHO CREATED PEOPLES AND HUNG A FAITH AND A LOVE OVER THEM: THUS THEY SERVED LIFE. IT IS DESTROYERS WHO SET SNARES FOR MANY AND CALL IT THE STATE: THEY HANG A SWORD AND A HUNDRED DESIRES OVER THEM. WHERE A PEOPLE STILL EXISTS, THERE THE PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE STATE AND HATE IT AS THE EVIL EYE AND SIN AGAINST CUSTOM AND LAW.... A FREE LIFE STILL REMAINS FOR GREAT SOULS. TRULY, HE WHO POSSESSES LITTLE IS SO MUCH THE LESS POSSESSED: PRAISED BE A MODERATE POVERTY! ONLY THERE, WHERE THE STATE CEASES, DOES THE MAN WHO IS NOT SUPERFLUOUS BEGIN: DOES THE SONG OF THE NECESSARY MAN, THE UNIQUE AND IRREPLACEABLE MELODY, BEGIN at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 11: Of the friend
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 11: Of the friend, OUR FAITH IN OTHERS BETRAYS WHEREIN WE WOULD DEARLY LIKE TO HAVE FAITH IN OURSELVES. OUR LONGING FOR A FRIEND IS OUR BETRAYER. AND OFTEN WITH OUR LOVE WE ONLYWANT TO LEAP OVER ENVY. AND OFTEN WE ATTACK AND MAKE AN ENEMY IN ORDER TO CONCEAL THAT WE ARE VULNERABLE TO ATTACK. ‘AT LEAST BE MY ENEMY!’ – THUS SPEAKS THE TRUE REVERENCE THAT DOES NOT VENTURE TO ASK FOR FRIENDSHIP. IF YOU WANT A FRIEND, YOU MUST ALSO BE WILLING TO WAGE WAR FOR HIM: AND TO WAGE WAR, YOU MUST BE CAPABLE OF BEING AN ENEMY. YOU SHOULD HONOUR EVEN THE ENEMY IN YOUR FRIEND. CAN YOU GO NEAR TO YOUR FRIEND WITHOUT GOING OVER TO HIM? IN YOUR FRIEND YOU SHOULD POSSESS YOUR BEST ENEMY. YOUR HEART SHOULD FEEL CLOSEST TO HIM WHEN YOU OPPOSE HIM.... HE WHO MAKES NO SECRET OF HIMSELF EXCITES ANGER IN OTHERS: THAT IS HOW MUCH REASON YOU HAVE TO FEAR NAKEDNESS. IF YOU WERE GODS YOU COULD THEN BE ASHAMED OF YOUR CLOTHES! at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 12: Of the thousand and one goals
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 12: Of the thousand and one goals, NO PEOPLE COULD LIVE WITHOUT EVALUATING; BUT IF IT WISHES TO MAINTAIN ITSELF IT MUST NOT EVALUATE AS ITS NEIGHBOR EVALUATES. MUCH THAT SEEMED GOOD TO ONE PEOPLE SEEMED SHAME AND DISGRACE TO ANOTHER: THUS I FOUND. I FOUND MUCH THAT WAS CALLED EVIL IN ONE PLACE WAS IN ANOTHER DECKED WITH PURPLE HONOURS.... A TABLE OF VALUES HANGS OVER EVERY PEOPLE. BEHOLD, IT IS THE TABLE OF ITS OVERCOMINGS; BEHOLD, IT IS THE VOICE OF ITS WILL TO POWER. WHAT IT ACCOUNTS HARD IT CALLS PRAISEWORTHY; WHAT IT ACCOUNTS INDISPENSABLE AND HARD IT CALLS GOOD; AND THAT WHICH RELIEVES THE GREATEST NEED, THE RARE, THE HARDEST OF ALL – IT GLORIFIES AS HOLY. WHATEVER CAUSES IT TO RULE AND CONQUER AND GLITTER, TO THE DREAD AND ENVY OF ITS NEIGHBOR, THAT IT ACCOUNTS THE SUBLIMEST, THE PARAMOUNT, THE EVALUATION AND THE MEANING OF ALL THINGS.... MAN FIRST IMPLANTED VALUES INTO THINGS TO MAINTAIN HIMSELF – HE CREATED THE MEANING OF THINGS, A HUMAN MEANING! THEREFORE HE CALLS HIMSELF: ‘MAN’, THAT IS: THE EVALUATOR at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 13: Of love of one’s neighbor
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 13: Of love of one’s neighbor, YOU FLEE TO YOUR NEIGHBOR AWAY FROM YOURSELVES AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A VIRTUE OF IT: BUT I SEE THROUGH YOUR ‘SELFLESSNESS’.... DO I EXHORT YOU TO LOVE OF YOUR NEIGHBOR? I EXHORT YOU RATHER TO FLIGHT FROM YOUR NEIGHBOR AND TO LOVE OF THE MOST DISTANT! HIGHER THAN LOVE OF ONE’S NEIGHBOR STANDS LOVE OF THE MOST DISTANT MAN AND OF THE MAN OF THE FUTURE; HIGHER STILL THAN LOVE OF MAN I ACCOUNT LOVE OF CAUSES AND OF PHANTOMS. THIS PHANTOM THAT RUNS ALONG BEHIND YOU, MY BROTHER, IS FAIRER THAN YOU; WHY DO YOU NOT GIVE IT YOUR FLESH AND BONES? BUT YOU ARE AFRAID AND YOU RUN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR.... YOU INVITE IN A WITNESS WHEN YOU WANT TO SPEAK WELL OF YOURSELVES; AND WHEN YOU HAVE MISLED HIM INTO THINKING WELL OF YOU, YOU THEN THINK WELL OF YOURSELVES.... ONE MAN RUNS TO HIS NEIGHBOR BECAUSE HE IS LOOKING FOR HIMSELF, AND ANOTHER BECAUSE HE WANTS TO LOSE HIMSELF. YOUR BAD LOVE OF YOURSELVES MAKES SOLITUDE A PRISON TO YOU.... at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 14: Of the way of the creator
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 14: Of the way of the creator, MY BROTHER, DO YOU WANT TO GO APART AND BE ALONE? DO YOU WANT TO SEEK THE WAY TO YOURSELF? PAUSE JUST A MOMENT AND LISTEN TO ME. ‘HE WHO SEEKS MAY EASILY GET LOST HIMSELF. IT IS A CRIME TO GO APART AND BE ALONE’ – THUS SPEAKS THE HERD. THE VOICE OF THE HERD WILL STILL RING WITHIN YOU. AND WHEN YOU SAY: ‘WE HAVE NO LONGER THE SAME CONSCIENCE, YOU AND I’, IT WILL BE A LAMENT AND A GRIEF. FOR SEE, IT IS STILL THIS SAME CONSCIENCE THAT CAUSES YOUR GRIEF: AND THE LAST GLIMMER OF THIS CONSCIENCE STILL GLOWS IN YOUR AFFLICTION. BUT YOU WANT TO GO THE WAY OF YOUR AFFLICTION, WHICH IS THE WAY TO YOURSELF? IF SO, SHOW ME YOUR STRENGTH FOR IT AND YOUR RIGHT TO IT! ARE YOU A NEW STRENGTH AND A NEW RIGHT? A FIRST MOTION? A SELF-PROPELLING WHEEL? CAN YOU ALSO COMPEL STARS TO REVOLVE ABOUT YOU? ALAS, THERE IS SO MUCH LUSTING FOR EMINENCE! THERE IS SO MUCH CONVULSION OF THE AMBITIOUS!... at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 15: Of justice
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 15: Of justice, WHEN YOU HAVE AN ENEMY, DO NOT REQUITE HIM GOOD FOR EVIL: FOR THAT WOULD MAKE HIM ASHAMED. BUT PROVE THAT HE HAS DONE SOMETHING GOOD TO YOU. BETTER TO BE ANGRY THAN MAKE ASHAMED! AND WHEN YOU ARE CURSED, I DO NOT LIKE IT THAT YOU THEN WANT TO BLESS. RATHER CURSE BACK A LITTLE! AND SHOULD A GREAT INJUSTICE BE DONE YOU, THEN QUICKLY DO FIVE LITTLE INJUSTICES BESIDES. HE WHO BEARS INJUSTICE ALONE IS TERRIBLE TO BEHOLD. DID YOU KNOW THIS ALREADY? SHARED INJUSTICE IS HALF JUSTICE. AND HE WHO CAN BEAR IT SHOULD TAKE THE INJUSTICE UPON HIMSELF. A LITTLE REVENGE IS MORE HUMAN THAN NO REVENGE AT ALL. AND IF THE PUNISHMENT BE NOT ALSO A RIGHT AND AN HONOUR FOR THE TRANSGRESSOR, THEN I DO NOT LIKE YOUR PUNISHMENT. IT IS MORE NOBLE TO DECLARE YOURSELF WRONG THAN TO MAINTAIN YOU ARE RIGHT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE RIGHT. ONLY YOU MUST BE RICH ENOUGH FOR IT. I DO NOT LIKE YOUR COLD JUSTICE; AND FROM THE EYE OF YOUR JUDGES THERE ALWAYS GAZES ONLY THE EXECUTIONER AND HIS COLD STEEL at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 16: Of voluntary death
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 16: Of voluntary death, MANY DIE TOO LATE AND SOME DIE TOO EARLY. STILL THE DOCTRINE SOUNDS STRANGE: ‘DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME.’DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME: THUS ZARATHUSTRA TEACHES. TO BE SURE, HE WHO NEVER LIVED AT THE RIGHT TIME COULD HARDLY DIE AT THE RIGHT TIME! BETTER IF HE WERE NEVER TO BE BORN! – THUS I ADVISE THE SUPERFLUOUS. BUT EVEN THE SUPERFLUOUS MAKE A GREAT THING OF THEIR DYING; YES, EVEN THE HOLLOWEST NUT WANTS TO BE CRACKED. EVERYONE TREATS DEATH AS AN IMPORTANT MATTER: BUT AS YET DEATH IS NOT A FESTIVAL. AS YET, MEN HAVE NOT LEARNED TO CONSECRATE THE FAIREST FESTIVALS. I SHALL SHOW YOU THE CONSUMMATING DEATH, WHICH SHALL BE A SPUR AND A PROMISE TO THE LIVING. THE MAN CONSUMMATING HIS LIFE DIES HIS DEATH TRIUMPHANTLY.... TO DIE THUS IS THE BEST DEATH; BUT THE SECOND BEST IS: TO DIE IN BATTLE AND TO SQUANDER A GREAT SOUL at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 17: Of the bestowing virtue, part 1
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 17: Of the bestowing virtue, part 1 , TELL ME: HOW DID GOLD COME TO HAVE THE HIGHEST VALUE? BECAUSE IT IS UNCOMMON AND USELESS AND SHINING AND MELLOW IN LUSTRE; IT ALWAYS BESTOWS ITSELF. ONLY AS AN IMAGE OF THE HIGHEST VIRTUE DID GOLD COME TO HAVE THE HIGHEST VALUE. GOLD-LIKE GLEAMS THE GLANCE OF THE GIVER.... THE HIGHEST VIRTUE IS UNCOMMON AND USELESS, IT IS SHINING AND MELLOW IN LUSTRE: THE HIGHEST VIRTUE IS A BESTOWING VIRTUE. TRULY, I DIVINE YOU WELL, MY DISCIPLES, YOU ASPIRE TO THE BESTOWING VIRTUE, AS I DO.... YOU THIRST TO BECOME SACRIFICES AND GIFTS YOURSELVES; AND THAT IS WHY YOU THIRST TO HEAP UP ALL RICHES IN YOUR SOUL. YOUR SOUL ASPIRES INSATIABLY AFTER TREASURES AND JEWELS, BECAUSE YOUR VIRTUE IS INSATIABLE IN WANTING TO GIVE. YOU COMPEL ALL THINGS TO COME TO YOU AND INTO YOU, THAT THEY MAY FLOW BACK FROM YOUR FOUNTAIN AS GIFTS OF YOUR LOVE at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 18: Of the bestowing virtue, part 2
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 18: Of the bestowing virtue, part 2, HERE ZARATHUSTRA FELL SILENT A WHILE AND REGARDED HIS DISCIPLES LOVINGLY. THEN HE WENT ON SPEAKING THUS, AND HIS VOICE WAS DIFFERENT: STAY LOYAL TO THE EARTH, MY BROTHERS, WITH THE POWER OF YOUR VIRTUE! MAY YOUR BESTOWING LOVE AND YOUR KNOWLEDGE SERVE TOWARDS THE MEANING OF THE EARTH! THUS I BEG AND ENTREAT YOU.... A HUNDRED TIMES HAS SPIRIT AS WELL AS VIRTUE EXPERIMENTED AND GONE ASTRAY. YES, MAN WAS AN EXPERIMENT. ALAS, MUCH IGNORANCE AND ERROR HAS BECOME BODY IN US! NOT ONLY THE REASON OF MILLENNIA – THE MADNESS OF MILLENNIA TOO BREAKS OUT IN US. IT IS DANGEROUS TO BE AN HEIR. WE ARE STILL FIGHTING STEP BY STEP WITH THE GIANT CHANCE, AND HITHERTO THE SENSELESS, THE MEANINGLESS, HAS STILL RULED OVER MANKIND. MAY YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR VIRTUE SERVE THE MEANING OF THE EARTH, MY BROTHERS: AND MAY THE VALUE OF ALL THINGS BE FIXED ANEW BY YOU. TO THAT END YOU SHOULD BE FIGHTERS! TO THAT END YOU SHOULD BE CREATORS! THE BODY PURIFIES ITSELF THROUGH KNOWLEDGE; EXPERIMENTING WITH KNOWLEDGE IT ELEVATES ITSELF.... at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 19: Of the bestowing virtue, part 3
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 19: Of the bestowing virtue, part 3, WHEN ZARATHUSTRA HAD SAID THESE WORDS HE PAUSED LIKE ONE WHO HAS NOT SAID HIS LAST WORD; LONG HE BALANCED THE STAFF DOUBTFULLY IN HIS HAND. AT LAST HE SPOKE THUS, AND HIS VOICE WAS DIFFERENT: I NOWGO AWAY ALONE, MY DISCIPLES! YOU TOO NOWGO AWAY AND BE ALONE! SO I WILL HAVE IT. TRULY, I ADVISE YOU: GO AWAY FROM ME AND GUARD YOURSELVES AGAINST ZARATHUSTRA! AND BETTER STILL: BE ASHAMED OF HIM! PERHAPS HE HAS DECEIVED YOU. THE MAN OF KNOWLEDGE MUST BE ABLE NOT ONLY TO LOVE HIS ENEMIES BUT ALSO TO HATE HIS FRIENDS. ONE REPAYS A TEACHER BADLY IF ONE REMAINS ONLY A PUPIL. AND WHY, THEN, SHOULD YOU NOT PLUCK AT MY LAURELS? YOU RESPECT ME; BUT HOW IF ONE DAY YOUR RESPECT SHOULD TUMBLE? TAKE CARE THAT A FALLING STATUE DOES NOT STRIKE YOU DEAD! at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 20: On the blissful islands
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 20: On the blissful islands, ZARATHUSTRA HAS RETURNED TO THE MOUNTAINS WHERE HE LIVES A SOLITARY EXISTENCE FOR MANY YEARS – UNTIL ONE MORNING HE HAS A DREAM. FILLED WITH NEW RESOLVE AND AN OVERWHELMING DESIRE TO SHARE HIS WORDS WITH HIS FRIENDS, ZARATHUSTRA SPEAKS THUS: BEHOLD, WHAT ABUNDANCE IS AROUND US! AND IT IS FINE TO GAZE OUT UPON DISTANT SEAS FROM THE MIDST OF SUPERFLUITY. ONCE YOU SAID ‘GOD’ WHEN YOU GAZED UPON DISTANT SEAS; BUT NOW I HAVE TAUGHT YOU TO SAY ‘SUPERMAN’. GOD IS A SUPPOSITION; BUT I WANT YOUR SUPPOSING TO REACH NO FURTHER THAN YOUR CREATING WILL. COULD YOU CREATE A GOD? – SO BE SILENT ABOUT ALL GODS! BUT YOU COULD SURELY CREATE THE SUPERMAN. PERHAPS NOT YOU YOURSELVES, MY BROTHERS! BUT YOU COULD TRANSFORM YOURSELVES INTO FOREFATHERS AND ANCESTORS OF THE SUPERMAN: AND LET THIS BE YOUR FINEST CREATING! at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 21: Of the compassionate
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 21: Of the compassionate, AS LONG AS MEN HAVE EXISTED, MAN HAS ENJOYED HIMSELF TOO LITTLE: THAT ALONE, MY BROTHERS, IS OUR ORIGINAL SIN! AND IF WE LEARN BETTER TO ENJOY OURSELVES, WE BEST UNLEARN HOW TO DO HARM TO OTHERS AND TO CONTRIVE HARM. THEREFORE I WASH MY HAND WHEN IT HAS HELPED A SUFFERER, THEREFORE I WIPE MY SOUL CLEAN AS WELL. FOR I SAWTHE SUFFERER SUFFER, AND BECAUSE I SAWIT IWAS ASHAMED ON ACCOUNT OF HIS SHAME; AND WHEN I HELPED HIM, THEN I SORELY INJURED HIS PRIDE.... ‘BE RESERVED IN ACCEPTING! HONOUR A MAN BY ACCEPTING FROM HIM!’ – THUS I ADVISE THOSE WHO HAVE NOTHING TO GIVE. I, HOWEVER, AM A GIVER: I GIVE GLADLY AS A FRIEND TO FRIENDS. BUT STRANGERS AND THE POOR MAY PLUCK THE FRUIT FROM MY TREE FOR THEMSELVES: IT CAUSES LESS SHAME THAT WAY.... AND WE ARE THE MOST UNFAIR, NOT TOWARDS HIM WHOM WE DO NOT LIKE, BUT TOWARDS HIM FOR WHOM WE FEEL NOTHING AT ALL at energyenhancement.org

  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 22: Of the priests
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 22: Of the priests, AND ONE DAY ZARATHUSTRA MADE A SIGN TO HIS DISCIPLES AND SPOKE THESE WORDS TO THEM: HERE ARE PRIESTS: AND ALTHOUGH THEY ARE MY ENEMIES, PASS THEM BY QUIETLY AND WITH SLEEPING SWORDS!... THEY ARE BAD ENEMIES: NOTHING IS MORE REVENGEFUL THAN THEIR HUMILITY. AND HE WHO TOUCHES THEM IS EASILY DEFILED.... HE WHOM THEY CALL REDEEMER HAS CAST THEM INTO BONDAGE – INTO THE BONDAGE OF FALSE VALUES AND FALSE SCRIPTURES! AH, THAT SOMEONE WOULD REDEEM THEM FROM THEIR REDEEMER!... OH, JUST LOOK AT THESE HUTS THAT THESE PRIESTS HAVE BUILT THEMSELVES. CHURCHES THEY CALL THEIR SWEETSMELLING CAVES! OH THIS COUNTERFEIT LIGHT! OH THIS MUSTY AIR! HERE, WHERE THE SOUL MAY NOT FLY UP TO ITS HEIGHT! at energyenhancement.org
  • Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 23: The night song
    Zarathustra, A God That Can Dance Chapter 23: The night song, IT IS NIGHT: NOW DO ALL LEAPING FOUNTAINS SPEAK LOUDER. AND MY SOUL TOO IS A LEAPING FOUNTAIN. IT IS NIGHT: ONLY NOW DO ALL SONGS OF LOVERS AWAKEN. AND MY SOUL TOO IS THE SONG OF A LOVER. SOMETHING UNQUENCHED, UNQUENCHABLE, IS IN ME, THAT WANTS TO SPEAK OUT. A CRAVING FOR LOVE IS IN ME, THAT ITSELF SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE. LIGHT AM I: AH, THAT I WERE NIGHT! BUT THIS IS MY SOLITUDE, THAT I AM GIRDED ROUND WITH LIGHT.... I LIVE IN MY OWN LIGHT, I DRINK BACK INTO MYSELF THE FLAMES THAT BREAK FROM ME. I DO NOT KNOWTHE JOY OF THE RECEIVER; AND I HAVE OFTEN DREAMED THAT STEALING MUST BE MORE BLESSED THAN RECEIVING. IT IS MY POVERTY THAT MY HAND NEVER RESTS FROM GIVING; IT IS MY ENVY THAT I SEE EXPECTANT EYES AND ILLUMINED NIGHTS OF DESIRE.... at energyenhancement.org

 

 

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